Kathryn Bigelow Fails to Become First Oscar-Winning Female Director to Make Jury Duty


After an extraordinary awards season when Kathryn Bigelow could do no wrong, she ran into a little bit more trouble during a brief stint this week at L.A. Superior Court. There, the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director could not break through the jury pool for a drunk-driving case.

Bigelow was summoned to the courthouse Monday, where she waited with her fellow citizens before answering to a judge. Anne Thompson takes it from there:

According to another jury pool member, as the bailiff called out the juror names, Bigelow was number 50. During interrogation, Bigelow said that she couldn't find a defendant guilty unless rehabilitation was attached to the sentence. The jury and alternates were picked before they got to Bigelow, and she was sent home.

Nicely done as always. Nicolas Chartier, meanwhile, was forced to mail in a more rambling appeal of his own on the back of his jury summons. Still, it did the trick.

· Oscar Winner Bigelow in L.A. Superior Court [TOH]


  • Furious D says:

    And the twist is James Cameron got out of jury duty because the rest of the jury didn't want to be locked in a room with James Cameron.

  • SunnydaZe says:

    Great tip for getting out of jury duty! Thanks, Movieline!

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